At Woodchurch, our Science curriculum aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically. Enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. We hope that our children will develop curiosity about the natural world and will have the skills to question and investigate the world around them.
Science topics, which are in the table below, are embedded and revisited throughout their primary education. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this knowledge into their long-term memory. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observation, planning and investigation, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their science based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Science is a vital part of our curriculum intention and Science lessons at Woodchurch aim to:
· Develop pupils’ interest and enjoyment of science. By building on children’s curiosity, the science curriculum will help to instil a positive attitude towards science in pupils.
· Deliver all the requirements of the national curriculum in relation to science and covering major scientific concepts.
· Ensure all science lessons are purposeful, accurate and imaginative.
· Develop pupils’ ability to pose questions, investigate these using correct techniques, accurately record their findings using appropriate scientific language and analyse their results.
· Help pupils develop the skills of prediction, hypothesising, experimentation, investigation, observation, measurement, interpretation and communication.
· Make pupils aware of and alert to links between science and other school subjects, as well as their lives more generally.
We strive to promote joy and excitement for learning, which our children can use in all other areas of the curriculum and ultimately in life. We want our children to experience a plentiful supply of awe inspiring moments and be able to approach unknown and unexplainable phenomenon with amazement and wonder.